Last Christmas Sarah bought me a beautiful teapot from Anthropologie for the abode that my beau and I were on the hunt for. Nearly a year later and that Duet Tea for Two set has finally come out of storage and is set to be perfectly poised on a shelf in our new home (after a trip to Ikea this weekend of course!) The house that stole our hearts needs a little love and we’re taking one room at a time, as lets be honest the sight of that first mortgage payment leaving your account is enough to make you never want to open your purse again, who knew a tin of paint was so expensive? Yet that beautiful teapot in all its golden handle, trim and spout glory, made me realise that it’s the little touches that make a house feel like a home, so with that in mind I’m sharing my top picks of affordable homeware knick knacks from WSd…
A 70s house comes with its quirks and in our case it’s a rather retro spiral staircase. Initially we had big plans to rip the whole thing down and start from scratch but as the days have passed we’re becoming quite fond of this oddity and instead we’re planning to embrace it. There’s an empty corner of ceiling where the stairs sweep around and my sister had the wonderful idea of utilising the space with hanging planters. It just so happens that the latest drop of beautifulness from Little Shop of Pots fits in perfectly with my interiors colour scheme and I can’t wait to get my hands on the black and gold spotty ceramic planter with gold base. I’ll obviously need the matching vase to complete the botanical vessel theme…! With lots of our friends now at the house buying stage of life, I’m turning to Little Shop of Pots for the perfect house warming pressies too- how cute are these little ceramic houses? They will make for a unique gift and are the same price as a bottle of fizz or bunch of flowers but far more original.
Pinterest is my new best friend but Instagram is also a brilliant source of interiors inspo. If you haven’t already then check out the house of social media extraordinaire Zoe Sugg, it’s seriously something to behold and for me the particular highlights are an orange Aga and pink dining chairs. She also has the bathroom of dreams with an actual copper bath poised perfectly beneath a huge sky light-perfect for hot bubbly soaks beneath a rainy sky.
Whilst I don’t have the budget of YouTube fame, I’m hoping to channel Zoella’s apothecary style bathroom through accessorising and my first addition will be Aromatherapy Company Hand & Body Wash and matching lotion. Scented with sumptuous lavender and wild chamomile, these products offer a blend of essential oils and are infused with nourishing honey to cleanse and soothe the skin. The apothecary-style packaging makes one of these bottles the perfect addition for the bathroom of a discerning interiors king or queen.
My bestie turned up at our house the day after we moved in armed with a pair of Marigolds and lunch- best friends certainly have a knack of knowing what you need before you do. She also hit the nail on the head when she said “a house doesn’t feel like a home until it smells familiar” and now I cannot wait for all the painting to be done, the final cushion to be plumped and my favourite candle to be burning. With fresh paint on the walls I’ll be reaching for soy based candles to avoid unsightly marks on the ceiling and walls- soy wax is cleaner burning and should produce very little soot, plus it means there’s no chemical nasties being wafted around your home. Perfectly timed, new brand on the WSd block, Vegan Bunny “produces candles, that are Vegan, free from pesticides, herbicies & Genetically modified materials (GMM). Also all we produce is certified by Peta as Vegan & Cruelty free, making our company kind to every kind. Yay!” The hand poured candles are available in a range of delectable scents from pure lavender essential oil to ginger and lemongrass and sweet orange. With Autumn in full swing I plan to burn the Vegan Bunny Chai Latte candle at every opportunity, with its tempting blend of cinnamon, ginger, clove and black pepper. I don’t know about you but it sounds good enough to drink, with a dollop of (dairy free of course) cream on top!
I think I speak for a nation of house-movers when I say that the first item we unpacked was the kettle, even the official ‘moving house guides’ tell you to pack this in your ‘essentials’ box. Of course good mugs are another requirement in the quest for the perfect cuppa in your new casa sweet casa. Immie Owen mugs are made from fine bone china and hand decorated in Stoke on Trent in actual 24 carat gold so you can feel posh amid the cardboard box chaos. The mug etched with the slogan “all the best adventures start with tea” sees like a perfectly apt choice for such a huge milestone but perhaps “Oh Bollocks” is more suited if you’ve bought a real doer-upper…!
If you’re a new interiors obsessive like me then I can highly recommend the At Home With podcast with online content creators Lily Pebbles and Anna Newton. The premise of the podcast is that the pair interview a bevy of guests in the comfort of their own homes. One of their recent guests was Clemmie Hooper, aka Mother of Daughters and the chat delved into the formula behind picture walls and how you really have to plan before hammering-maybe all those maths lessons on Pythagoras‘ theorem at school will come in handy after all?! Whether you love the idea of a gallery wall or prefer making a statement with single prints then the latest collection from Oh Squirrel is enough to make you want to get that brand new drill set out.
I’ll be sure to keep you updated on my interiors project but I’m always on the lookout for inspo so would love to see how you’ve styled WSd pieces in your own home-don’t forget to tag us on Instagram.